How to Make a Built in Bookcase

bsrendBuilt-ins give a richness to a room, both residential and commercial.  Here is a foolproof way of creating a unique bookcase with a display shelf inspired by retail millwork. Read more of this post

Maker’s Faire

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The White House recently announced the 2016 National Week of Making (June 17-23). Inspired by the event, our FRCH Maker’s Faire showcased the work of many of our talented and skilled colleagues.

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Making a Nightstand Mock-up for Hilton

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As Tru by Hilton continues to evolve, questions come up from time to time regarding functionality.  The table circled in the rendering above fits the style of Tru, but is it large enough to function as a nightstand?  A detailed mock-up was needed to answer that question.  Remember, hundreds of these nightstands will be made, so we need to get it right the first time.  Here’s the build process. Read more of this post

How to Make a Pirates Ship Wheel

IMG_0399If you’ve built the Cannon, now you need a Ships Wheel.  You’ll need a lathe, router and a bandsaw (or jigsaw). Read more of this post

Kem Weber Chair Build

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Kem Weber (Karl Emanuel Martin Weber) is best known as the architect of the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, California.  Walt Disney hired Weber in the late 1930’s (after the success of Snow White) to not only design the studio, but also the interiors and furnishings needed to operate an animation studio. Weber even created a font for the studio that is still used today. The picture above shows one of his chair designs, “The Airline Chair,” being used by some of the animators in the 1950’s, during the production of Sleeping Beauty.   Read more of this post

Adding People to a Rendering

Adding People to Renderings, Creative FuelWhy add people?  On a practical note, they add a sense of scale.  On an emotional level, they allow the client to see the space being used and it gives the project life and interest.   Read more of this post

WHAT? A Pirate Barrel Made from a 2×4!


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That’s right.  A vintage looking barrel made from one 8 foot 2×4 averaging $3.95.  Finding inexpensive ways of making props is a skill every designer should have.  We use them in Theme Parks, Retail and Events. Read more of this post